"I am the greatest boxer": Articulating group identity through Chinese folk drama Academic Article uri icon


  • copyright © 2018 by the board of trustees of the university of Illinois. Practitioners of the variant of Plum Blossom Boxing preserved in Zhuzhai village, Henan province, China, include in their repertoires, along with choreographed sequences designed to enhance martial prowess, a comic routine that parodies genuine fighting techniques while “combatants” exchange taunts and boasts. The article argues that this performance is a folk drama that symbolically recounts folk history, focuses group identity, and establishes prestige within the regional martial arts hierarchy.

author list (cited authors)

  • Guodong, Z., & Green, T. A.

publication date

  • June 2018